Obit: Owen, T. Grafton (1830 - 1912)
Contact: Ann Stevens
Surnames: Owen, Gilmore, Root, Hemphill,
Crothers, O’Neill, Hensel, Atchison, Parsons,
----Source: Neillsville Times (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) May 2, 1912
Owen, T. Grafton (30 July 1830 - 26 Apr
Rev. T. Grafton Owen died at
Trempeauleau, Wis., April 26, 1912. The funeral was held in
the Congregational church at Trempeauleau last Sunday, Rev. F.A.
Gilmore of Madison and the local Congregational minister
officiating. A special train on the Green Bay Ry. carried
many friends from Neillsville, Alma Center, Whitehall and
Arcadia. Those who went from Neillsville were Mr. and Mrs.
H.M. Root, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Hemphill, George E. Crothers and James
Mr. Owen was born in Westville, Ohio,
July 30, 1830. When a child, his father moved to Bowen,
Ill. In his book published last year, "Drippings from the
Eaves" he says, "The greater part of my life has been spent on the
frontiers of a rude civilization, where the acquired life came to
us at firsthand." He was in the U.S. hospital service during
the Civil War. He was driven out of Missouri at the beginning
of the Civil War because he was a union man. He came to
Trempeauleau in 1876; later moved to Arcadia, thence to
Neillsville, then to Arcadia and for the last seven years made his
home with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. E.F. Hensel at
Whitehall. He leaves surviving the following children:
Nina, now Mrs. J.H. Atchison, Seattle, Wash.; May, Mrs. B.S.
Parsons, Vancouver, B.C.; Hallie, Mrs. John Tainsh, Chicago;
Eunice, Mrs. E.F. Hensel, Whitehall, Wis.; Asa, of Phillips, now
county Judge of Price Co., Wis., and Olive, unmarried, Whitehall,
Mr. Owen was the son of a Baptist
minister. Later he joined the Methodists. He became a
Congregationalist where he found more freedom, but afterward and
until his death was a Unitarian clergyman. The large
attendance at his funeral attested the affection and love in which
he was held by those of every shade of religious faith, who had
known him in the various places where he had preached. Mr.
Gilmore’s discourse was a fitting appreciation of the life
and character of the deceased. He treated him as a great
preacher, a scientist, a literary man and a poet. He drew
many illustrations from the volume published last year by Mr. Owen,
"Drippings from the Eaves." He mentioned his intimate
acquaintance with the works of science, his love of nature, his
simplicity, tenderness, humor and his perfect naturalness and
simplicity. He never saw a sick child or a wounded bird that
he was not in misery until relief came. Mr. Owen was well
known in Neillsville and there are many here who will cherish his
Mr. Owen’s book "Dripping from the Eaves" is on sale at Snitemans.
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